Coalition Criticises Labor’s Economic Approach

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Scott Morrison says lower-paid workers will be better off under his tax plan, as he continues to attack Labor’s handling of the economy.

The prime minister is starting the day in Melbourne on Tuesday, while Bill Shorten is expected to fly to Adelaide to campaign.

The Coalition argues teachers, nurses, police officers, and tradies stand to pay hundreds of dollars more in income tax in 2024/25 under Labor.

“Anyone earning more than $40,000 will better off under our plan,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.

“It means school teachers, nurses, bus drivers, and emergency service workers right across the country will have more money in their pocket.”

Pathology tests will remain free for cancer patients and older Australians if Labor wins the May federal election.

Bill Shorten is promising $200 million to make sure pathology clinics keep bulk billing, as he says the system is in a crisis.

The Medicare rebate for pathology has been frozen since 2003, but Labor and Coalition governments have offered incentive payments to bulk bill since then, but the industry says the top-up payments can no longer cover the costs.

“Bulk billing for blood tests is at breaking point – cancer patients will either have to pay, or there will be a reduction in services,” Mr Shorten said.

“That’s why Labor will invest $200 million to protect pathology and keep it free for vulnerable Australians.”

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